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USVirginia school strips Confederate general from name

21:41  11 january  2019
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Virginia school strips Confederate general from name© Provided by AFP Washington-Lee High School students hold posters at a gun control protest. The Virginia school is to remove Confederate general Robert E. Lee from its name and be called Washington-Liberty High School

A Virginia high school is removing Confederate general Robert E. Lee from its name in the latest move to strip away tributes to leaders of the pro-slavery Civil War south.

The Arlington County School Board voted 5-0 on Thursday night to change the name of Washington-Lee High School to Washington-Liberty High School.

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In the northern Virginia county where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson earned his famous moniker, a battle has begun to remove his name from the local high school where it appears in large General Jackson, who led Confederate troops in several key victories, earned his nickname

A Virginia elementary school voted Monday to swap its Confederate general name for that of former President Barack Obama. “I can certainly respect how hard and complicated this discussion is because of the awfulness relevant to what some of these men did, but to strip our country of our

Washington-Lee High School, which opened in 1925, was named for George Washington, the revered first president of the United States, and Lee, who led the Army of Northern Virginia during the 1861-65 Civil War.

The school board decided to rename the school after an avowed white supremacist drove his car into a group of anti-racism protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, killing a woman and injuring dozens.

The protestors had gathered to counter a group of neo-Nazis and white nationalists who descended on Charlottesville to oppose a plan to remove a statue of General Lee from a public park.

A committee made up of Washington-Lee students, parents and alumni of the school recommended two potential new names to the school board -- Washington-Liberty High School and Washington-Loving High School.

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A Virginia elementary school that carries the name of a Confederate leader will be named for former President Barack Obama next month. Earlier this year, the board voted to remove the name of the Confederate general . Students, parents, school staff and community members submitted seven

STAUNTON, Va . (AP) — A school board in Virginia has voted to change the name of a high school that honors a Confederate general . Comments will be accepted through next month. This vote comes as Confederate symbolism is debated, with some saying it perpetuates racism and others

Mildred and Richard Loving were a Virginia couple whose 1958 marriage led to the overturning of state laws banning inter-racial marriage. Mildred Loving was black and Richard Loving was white.

A decision to remove a Confederate symbol was also taken in Texas on Friday.

The Dallas Morning News said Texas board of historical monuments had voted to remove a Confederate plaque from the Texas state capitol building.

The plaque claimed that slavery was not the underlying cause of the Civil War.

Confederate monuments have been removed from public parks in several US cities in recent years and a number of schools and highways have been stripped of the names of Confederate generals or politicians.

In a report published in April 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center -- a civil rights advocacy group -- found that more than 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy are located on US public lands, mostly in the South.

According to historians and the SPLC, most Confederate monuments were erected during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation.

Defenders of preserving the Confederate symbols argue that they are a reminder of Southern heritage and removing them is erasing history.

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